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shaysite

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Could anyone offer some advice what types of coral, live rock, other invertebrates and fish would work in the following setup-also what combinations would make sense? The setup:

 

5.5 aga

sand floor

AquaClear 110 filter in standard configuration with bio media

Aqualight Power Compact Fixture - Straight Pin - 2 x 18W - 12 in

50w heater

Fission Nano Protein Skimmer

 

 

Thank you,

 

Walt Bailey

walter_bailey@hotmail.com

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my 5.5G is about the same setup as yours. same lighting except i have a 2.5g connected to mine instead of a large filter. Also you might want to change out the fan thingy in the AC110 because that's gonna be wayy too much flow for the 5.5g.

 

as of now i am keeping a torch coral, some mushrooms, xenias, zoo/zoa, GSP and people eaters.

 

for fish i have kept clowns, firefish,gobies and a mandarin. I wouldn't recommend a mandarin though. Mine was an experiment to see if i can train it to eat using a small environment.

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Thank you! Suppose I was to substitute an Aquaclear 70 for the 110. Would I still have enough filtration and flow, without adding other equipment?

 

shaysite

 

 

my 5.5G is about the same setup as yours. same lighting except i have a 2.5g connected to mine instead of a large filter. Also you might want to change out the fan thingy in the AC110 because that's gonna be wayy too much flow for the 5.5g.

 

as of now i am keeping a torch coral, some mushrooms, xenias, zoo/zoa, GSP and people eaters.

 

for fish i have kept clowns, firefish,gobies and a mandarin. I wouldn't recommend a mandarin though. Mine was an experiment to see if i can train it to eat using a small environment.

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They AC 70 has flow adjustable from 100 to 300 GPH and is more than enough filter for a 5.5. If the flow is still to great the AC 70 will accept the impeller from any of the smaller AC's without modification.

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yankeereefer

AC110 impeller cannot be swapped out for any of the other models - I suspect that the AC110 is going to be way too much flow.

 

I recently bought an AC70 for my 5.5g tank - It too has way too much flow - I slowed down the flow by adding 1 baffle and shaving down half of the blades.

 

It's about perfect now -

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I would get rid of the nano fission skimmer, most here have found it to be a waste of $$. If you want a skimmer, you can make a better one! A skimmer isn't really needed in this size tank, as long as you don't overstock and you do regular (weekly) water changes of 10-20%. Put decent chemical filtration media in the AC along with some live rock rubble (to increase biological filtration) Any type of live rock is good, but I suggest fiji and/or marshall. Check out your LFS- they may have decent fiji. As for fish, you are kind of limited, but you can keep a small fish or two- check out lgreen's list of nano fish (sticky in beginner's forum). As for inverts- a cleaner shrimp, some hermits, snails, and other smaller members of a CUC will work out well. As for coral- mushrooms, zoas, ricordia, and other beginner coral will all suit you well- with more than 7 watts/ gallon, you can keep quite a variety of coral, but I would start with the above and then get harder to keep coral. HTH and Good Luck! :happy:

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I would get rid of the nano fission skimmer, most here have found it to be a waste of $$. If you want a skimmer, you can make a better one! A skimmer isn't really needed in this size tank, as long as you don't overstock and you do regular (weekly) water changes of 10-20%. Put decent chemical filtration media in the AC along with some live rock rubble (to increase biological filtration) Any type of live rock is good, but I suggest fiji and/or marshall. Check out your LFS- they may have decent fiji. As for fish, you are kind of limited, but you can keep a small fish or two- check out lgreen's list of nano fish (sticky in beginner's forum). As for inverts- a cleaner shrimp, some hermits, snails, and other smaller members of a CUC will work out well. As for coral- mushrooms, zoas, ricordia, and other beginner coral will all suit you well- with more than 7 watts/ gallon, you can keep quite a variety of coral, but I would start with the above and then get harder to keep coral. HTH and Good Luck! :happy:

 

Thanks so much for the thoughtful and learned replies! That helps a lot!

 

Shaysite :D

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